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Monday, April 18th 2016

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Monday, March 14th, 2016

Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - Sunset EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit (, Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website (

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Craig Littauer | 352-236-7148, ext. 5 | Email | Web | Map

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Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; High Springs, FL

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Enjoy art being created and a day at the springs with Santa Fe Springs Plein Air Paintout.

Public Observation Days:

Saturday, April 16: Blue Springs; 7450 NE 60th St; High Springs, FL;

Saturday, April 23: Ginnie Springs; 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd; High Springs, FL;

(Park entry fees to visiting patrons will apply)

In addition, artists will be painting throughout the springs area, April 17-22. Artisit will be painting at many local springs; some are free and some have entrance fees. Pick up your map with all the information to give you the best springs art experience, at Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; downtown High Springs, throughout the paintout.

Paintings will be on display and for sale at the following:

MAY: Rum 138 Art Gallery; 2070 SW County Road 138; Fort White, FL: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays);

JUNE: Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies; 45 NW 1st Ave; High Springs, FL: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday; 12:00 Noon - 6:00 PM Friday;

JULY 16 - AUGUST 27: High Springs Historic Museum; 120 NW 2nd Ave; High Springs, FL: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday; 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Thursday & Friday; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sunday (Free admission).

Sponsored in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute's Traveling Water Ways Exhibit July 16 - August 27, 2016.

Hosted by the High Springs Historical Society & Community of High Springs

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Monday, April 18th, 2016

Lower and Middle Suwannee River BMAP Technical Meeting

Runs through Monday, April 18th, 2016 

Time & Place

6:00 PM EDT
Suwannee River Water Management District; 9225 CR49; Live Oak, FL 32060

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Announcing a Technical Meeting for the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the Lower and Middle Suwannee River and associated springs. Topics will include a review of the BMAP process and a presentation on the Draft BMAP for the basin. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Watershed Planning and Coordination Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, or by e-mail

"DEP wants to ensure that the local public and stakeholders are part of our restoration process,” said Tom Frick, director of the Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. “These meetings are an opportunity for involved citizens to be part of the conversation.”

Nutrient pollution, or an excess of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, is one of the primary challenges to water quality restoration across the state. Nutrients are naturally present in water and necessary for the healthy growth of plant and animal life; however, an excess of nutrients can lead to water quality problems like rapid growth of algal mats, habitat smothering and oxygen depletion in the water.

To combat water pollution, DEP first develops a restoration goal known as a TMDL. The TMDL, or total maximum daily load, identifies the maximum amount of a specific pollutant that may be present in a given water body for the water body to remain healthy and functional. The TMDL then functions as the target for a restoration plan, called a BMAP or basin management action plan. The BMAP is a five-year plan with set milestones that identifies projects and strategies to reduce pollution or eliminate pollutant sources. The primary purpose of this meeting is to discuss and receive comments on the draft BMAP document.

The agenda for this meeting includes the following topics:

  • BMAP overview

  • Ag update

  • SRWMD Project Updates (and other projects)

  • What’s Next

  • Summary and questions

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Terry Hansen, P.G. | 850-245-8561 | Email | Map

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Suwannee River


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